It’s time once again for my annual list of the season’s watermelon festivals. As always, pretty much all of these shindigs take place in the watermelon-rich Southern region. If I’m forgetting any festivals, leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list. For a more comprehensive festival calendar, visit the “Festivals” page of the National Watermelon Promotion Board website.
Also, if anyone visits any of these festivals (or others), send me some pictures (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll post them here on What About Watermelon.
LOCATION: Hampton, South Carolina
HIGHLIGHTS: Melon Miss & Master Pageant, watermelon eating contest, watermelon growing contest, parade
LOCATION: Luling, Texas
HIGHLIGHTS: Watermelon contest, coronation of watermelon queen, watermelon eating contest, champion watermelon auction, world championship watermelon seed-spitting contest
LOCATION: Chipley, Florida
HIGHLIGHTS: Watermelon beauty pageant (not sure whether this one is for people or watermelons), big watermelon contest and auction, watermelon seed spitting contest
LOCATION: DeRidder, Louisiana
HIGHLIGHTS: “Cutting of the Melon” kick-off event, celebrity seed spitting contest
LOCATION: Pageland, South Carolina
HIGHLIGHTS: Watermelon seed spitting contest, watermelon eating contest.
LOCATION: Mize, Mississippi
HIGHLIGHTS: Watermelon seed spitting contest, watermelon eating contest, greased watermelon race.
LOCATION: Farmerville, Louisiana
HIGHLIGHTS: Watermelon seed spitting contest, largest watermelon contest, watermelon decorating, watermelon hunt, watermelon auction, watermelon quality and tasting competition, arm wrestling contest (I know the last event isn’t watermelon-related, but an arm wrestling contest is pretty cool, so I gave it a mention)
LOCATION: Hope, Arkansas
HIGHLIGHTS: Watermelon Olympics (with a watermelon toss, among other events), a seed spitting contest, “Watermelon Idol” talent show, watermelon eating contest